Micro algae street lamps could absorb CO2?

by | Jun 16, 2012 | Conservation, Funny, Opinion | 0 comments


File this one in the “I don’t know if I buy it” category.

A French scientist, Pierre Calleja, claims to have developed a prototype algae driven street or room light that needs no external electricity, uses algae to charge it batteries and sucks CO2 from the air to help stop global climate change. While the promotional video is big on claims and short on evidence, and there are a ton of potential problems that spring quickly to mind, the idea of using algae cultures that home aquarists are used working with for more than feeding fish or growing larvae is certainly intriguing.




  • Rich Ross

    Richard Ross currently works as an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, maintaining many exhibits including the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef. He has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Richard enjoys all aspects of the aquarium hobby and is a regular author for trade publications, a frequent speaker at aquarium conferences and was a founder of one of the largest and most progressive reef clubs in Northern California, Bay Area Reefers. He is an avid underwater videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive in a lot of places around the world. At home he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod/fish breeding system, and was one of the first people to close the life cycle of Sepia bandensis. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys spending time with his patient wife, his incredible daughter and their menagerie of animals, both wet and dry.

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